Thursday, June 3, 2010

Celtics over Lakers in 7

My esteemed colleague Rick Bonnell picks the Lakers to beat the Celtics today in the 2010 NBA Finals.

I respectfully disagree. I think Boston is going to edge its way to victory in a classic series between the NBA's two most storied franchises, much like the Celtics did in 2008 when they also faced the Lakers in the final.

There's no doubt the Lakers have the single best player in the series in Kobe Bryant, but I like the Celtics' core more than the Lakers (who won the 2009 title). When it's time to get a key rebound, I like Kevin Garnett's chances of grabbing it over Pau Gasol. The Celtics, I think, have one more title left in that "Big 4" core of Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo -- assuming Rondo can hit a few jump shots.

I admit that part of my reasoning in this comes from a Charlotte Bobcats lens. Every time I see the Lakers in person, the Bobcats are frustrating them -- either winning or almost winning. The Celtics, on the other hand, usually destroy the Bobcats -- and they beat an Orlando team in the playoffs that dismantled Charlotte in a four-game sweep.

It's just a feeling, but any team that can beat both LeBron James and Dwight Howard in the same playoffs isn't going to be intimidated by Kobe. Give me Boston in 7.


Anonymous said...

I love your thinking Scott. Lebron (who I beleive is a better player than Kobe) and Howard, both getting beat by the Celtics. Kobe doesn't have a chance. Celtic in 6!!!!

Anonymous said...

Scott, although I do agree with you in picking the Celtics to win the series, they will not win a Game 7 on the road. This very rarely in the NBA finals. If the Celtics are going to win the series, they better be up 3-2 when the series goes back to LA and polish them off in Game 6. They will not win a 7 game series by winning Game 7 on the road, not happening man, especially against Kobe and a Phil Jackson coached team.

Anonymous said...

Did you not learn lesson in the conference finals, you dont know how to pick NBA games ( Magic vs. Suns).

Anonymous said...

Ron Artest,Lamar Odom,Pau Gasol,Andrew Bynum,Derek Fisher & Kobe Bryant a better overall core than what the boys in BAWSTON have. I have to agree with my other fellow Anon member, did you not learn anything from the conference Final's?

I suppose if Scott makes a prediction/pick we should all call Vegas and put money on the opposite team for extra income.

Brett Klassen said...

Sorry, but I cannot agree with you. I do, however, think the series will go 7 games, but I cannot see the Lakers losing at home in the seventh game.

I don't think either team is going to lose on home court in this one.